Quick Sewing Room Clean-Up


Don’t laugh…This is the current disaster in my sewing room.  I’ve completely neglected it over the last few months (yes, that’s my pink Christmas tree that I never got around to decorating).  But now with the new year, it’s time to get my act together.  You know your sewing room is in the same state of disorganization, so let’s get it cleaned up quickly.

A few years back, I wrote The ABCs of Spring Cleaning Your Sewing Room over on SewMamaSew.  There’s even a printable PDF for your convenience.  I know it isn’t Spring yet, but heck, you’ll be getting a jump start on it!


While going through the piles of crap on my cutting table, I found lots of treasures I had forgotten about.  Yes, the bags of fabric from Joann’s Black Friday Sale were yet to be unpacked.  It’s mostly more flannel that I don’t need.  I know…don’t judge me.


I did find all the goodies I purchased during a recent NYC shopping adventure with my dear friend, Sara Norris.  Sara and I met online about 7 years ago while sewing children’s custom boutique clothing.  When she told me she was coming to New York City for a few days, I just knew I had to show her my fabric playground (aka NYC’s Garment District).


Sara and I had a ball while her husband, Mike, waited patiently as we went treasure hunting.  Our first stop was Pacific Trimming—an old favorite of mine for rhinestone buttons and buckles.


We discovered a trim shop, Hai’s Trimmings Inc.,  I had never visited before.  This place had more high-end trims than the other shops I usually go to.  I was even able to finally find 24 row rhinestone trim to recover my bathroom switch plate!  This place was AMAZING!


Sara surprised me with the cutest spool of velvet trim she found at Antropologie.  Love it!

Now it’s time to find a home in my sewing room for all these sewing things.  Hopefully, once I get my kid back to school tomorrow, I’ll get back in the groove!  Hoping to sew a lot more this year than last!


A Diva Needs Brother Husbands

It’s a new year and I’m determined to be more productive than last year.  There were so many things I wanted to accomplish last year, but didn’t.  I just didn’t have the physical or mental energy to get it all done.  So perhaps I need to come up with a better plan.

After watching an episode of Sister Wives, I had an idea.  Why aren’t there any Brother Husbands?  You know, a bunch of husbands that serve a Wife?  Think about it.


Jesse Metcalfe could cut the lawn, plant the annual flowers and clean the pool.  Oh wait, I don’t have a pool.  Whatever.


Ryan Scott could heat things up in the kitchen.  I’d even let him use my new bronze Kitchenaid mixer.


Scott McGillivray could put up the Christmas lights and do whatever needs fixing in and around the house!  He can start with building me a new garden room and then figure out how to retrofit one of the kitchen cabinet hinges which broke months ago.

Seems I’m not the only Diva that thinks like this.  Just think of the possibilities!  I’d have endless hours to craft and shop!

Now first let me say, I do love my Mr. Diva™…he’s a great guy.  He lets me be ME.  He doesn’t put any restrictions of any of my craziness.  And he puts up with all my quirks (like how I have to separate all my food on my dinner plate, no red in the house, etc.).  However, Mr. Diva™ doesn’t help with much around the house.  He doesn’t do yard work, can’t fix things and would never think of doing housework.  In his defense, he doesn’t insist that I do it either and he is more than willing to pay someone else to do it.

Guess I’ll keep him.  Anyway, what if all my husbands were sports fans who rooted for opposing teams?  And could you imagine the piles of laundry and the dishes?

Happy New Year!


Sew, The Little Diva Goes to College


This week Mr. Diva™ and I took a 7 hour car ride (separately, cause Mr. Diva doesn’t drive as well as me) to drop our daughter, Marielle, off at SUNY Canton.  The staff laughed as we unloaded her crap belongings onto the curb.  She had 2 full carloads of stuff.  And then she sent me to Walmart FOUR TIMES for more things.  And yes, Mr. Diva™ was carrying on about all the money I was spending.  But not to worry…I ignore him most times.  He was just standing there shaking his head and dying of embarrassment.

Originally Marielle was to scheduled to dorm with two girls…sharing 3 beds, 2 closets and 2 desks.  She was in tears.  Marielle has two custom closets at home crammed with all the latest fashions.  So what do I do?  I call the school dorm assignment person and tell them the truth—that my daughter is in tears and doesn’t want to go to college, because SHE HAS TO SHARE A CLOSET.  Seriously.  I asked the woman not to laugh, but she said she had the same problem with her own daughter the year before.  And then she fixed our “problem.”  Marielle was given a double room, however, her new roommate decided not to dorm at college this year.


We arrived to find a hideous medium blue painted room…ugh!  But not a problem…with the mass inventory of fabric in my stash, I fixed that!   I hung zebra and hot pink fabric as wallpaper, added curtains to the windows and closets, arranged her clothes on hot pink Huggable Hangers and coordinated EVERYTHING (cause I’m anal like that).

I even draped hot pink chiffon fabric across a long wood beam, but they made me take it down…something about it being a fire hazard.  Whatever.  Now I need to make her some pink and black vinyl embellishments with my Silhouette.  Beyond her name, what else should I make in vinyl for her?

I wish Marielle would take more pictures so you can all see the other half of her room.  But of course, she’s too busy at “frat parties” already.  Typical teenager.


Within the next few weeks the college will consolidate the room and she will get a new roommate.  Let’s hope the new roommate doesn’t show up with a purple comforter and ruin the whole color scheme.  Only kidding.  If she does, I’ll just buy her a new pink comforter for Christmas.  Brilliant?  Heck, in the worst case, I’ll just have to take down half the fabric from the new roommate’s side of the wall.  Crossing fingers.

By the way…at age 48, I finally got to sleep in a dorm room for the first time (as the hotels were sold old the second night).  That was an experience sharing a bathroom with 6 girls.

And for those who are curious, Marielle is studying Mortuary Science…yep, she wants to be a Mortician/Funeral Director.  I know…you are probably thinking that’s creepy.  But it’s the perfect job for her as she won’t have to be behind a desk all day.  Plus, she can do Grief Counseling and has just the right amount of empathy to help families through their darkest hours.


Sew Tuned In


I must have been living under a rock.  Two new sewing shows?  Oh yeah!


First up is It’s Sew Easy!  The scheduled initial air date was Thursday, June 30, 2011.  It replaces America Sews with Sue Hausmann.  Here’s some info I found on their website:  

It’s Sew Easy offers a new concept to Public Television viewers. The program does not feature a main host, but is based on designers and education that revolves around the experts. The focus is on contemporary style, not age. The goal is not to stress perfection, but rather concentrate on easy ways to accomplish a great project. Projects will be easy enough for beginners but creatively challenging, combined with interesting style elements to pique the interest of all sewing enthusiasts.


Special guest designers appearing include: Valerie Mayen and Suede (both of Project Runway fame), Bobbie Bullard, Colbey Decker, Shannon Dennis, Stephanie Kimura, Nancy Odom, Eileen Roche, Peggy Sagers, my beautiful Sheree Schattenmann, Angela Wolf, Linda Augsburg, Pamela Damour, Tricia Waddell, Londa Rohlfing, Janet Pray, Cindy Losekamp, Gina Moorehead, Rebecca Cornell, Christy Howden, and Trish Preston.

The format will include two main projects per week and one shorter technique segment. Shows will be themed. Each project will include project instructions and a pattern with a link to the instructions found on the It’s Sew Easy website, plus additional related projects and patterns.

Show themes include: Apparel Details and Embellishments, Simple Sewing-Easy Tricks, Dress Up Ready Made Home Décor, Garment Construction Tips, Surface Embellishment, Restyling, Fun Fabrics, T-shirt Surgery, Gifts, and more.

It’s Sew Easy taped in March, 2011. It will be available to all Public Television stations across the country. The shows are shot and posted at EDR Media’s Beachwood Studios Production Center in Beachwood, Ohio.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it on my TV lineup.  I do, however, get Sue Hausmann’s show, so maybe I’ll get it soon.  Fingers crossed.


Next up is Sew It All TV!  Use the TV station finder to see if it’s available in your broadcasting area.  If not, write your local TV station and request it!  And no, I also don’t have this show in my broadcast area.  FML.


Ok…with all this talk about sewing shows, I have to tell you…I have only TWO things on my Bucket List.  Yep.  Just two.  The first is to visit Tahiti.  I’ve been many places, but never Tahiti.  I’ve spent hours and hours surfing the web learning everything I can about Tahiti, checking airline prices, swooning over beautiful little huts in the water.  Mr. Diva said he won’t go, so in the next few years, I’ve decided I’ll just go myself.  Maybe I won’t come back.

Thirty years ago, I had plane tickets to Tahiti with this guy.  I was only 19 years old and my older brother wouldn’t let me go (fearing I would become a missing person).  He was probably right considering that guy ended up stalking me for two years until someone went and had “a talk” with him.


And that brings me to the second thing on my Bucket List—my own TV show.  Don’t laugh, but for years I’ve dreamed about having my own TV show.  No, not like Oprah or Martha.  More like Diva.  Yes, there would be sewing, decorating, cooking and organizing.  But it would be different, because I have no desire to make my own laundry detergent (nor of folding fitted sheets properly).


My show would have to be on a cable television network, because I curse.  A lot.


Oh crap.  There is already a Diva TV over in the UK!  But I’m not going to let that stop me.  I just have to figure out how to pull it off.  Any suggestions?

So tell me…What’s on YOUR BUCKET LIST?  Because I need some ideas.  Having just two things on my bucket list is sad, right?

With friendship,



Show Me Your Sewing UFOs and PHDs


Source:  PhD Decal

An article from Threads Magazine got me thinking about Sewing UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and PHDs (Projects Half Done).  l recently reorganized my sewing studio and came upon a bunch of sewing projects I didn’t finish for one reason or another.ufocart

I had to decide which UFOs and PhDs might actually get completed.  I had a pile of over 30 different projects.  There was absolutely no way I would ever tackle them all.  So I sorted them into 3 piles:

1.  FINISH – These projects would be my sewing projects for the next few months.  Most of these were either important or nearly completed.

2.  REUSE – Most of these projects were barely started.  The fabrics for these could be put back in my fabric stash and used for another project.

3.  DUMP – These projects were ones that went terribly wrong or no longer held any interest.  Out in the garbage they went.

Once I sorted through my pile, I evaluated each of the 13 projects that made the cut.  Here’s what I ended up with:


UFO #1

Project:  My Godchild’s Bedding which includes a Queen Size Quilt, 2 Pillow Shams, Dust Ruffle, Throw Pillows and Doll Bedding.  This is a massive project that I started at least 2 years ago.

Problem:  This project was first delayed, because the fabric had been discontinued and it took me more than 3 months to locate enough yardage.  But that was only part of the problem.  See, I don’t know how to quilt, nor do I really want to learn.  And then there’s the Queen Dust Ruffle:  ‎630 inches aka 52.5 feet aka 17.5 yards = panel of fabric I had to sew together to make the Queen Dust Ruffle. Did I mention it’s a one-way directional print?  That’s 14 sections. And honestly, the thought of having to gather 630 inches is a bit overwhelming to me.  Lastly, I have to find some oversized sheeting material for the Dust Ruffle deck (base) that is at least 80 inches wide.

Progress:  So far, I’ve only completed two throw pillows (a ruffled one and a print one) and some doll bedding.  This week, I managed to cut, serge and sew all 14 sections of the fabric together for the Queen Dust Ruffle.  I smartened up and solved the oversized sheeting problem by purchasing a Queen Dust Ruffle for $13 to use for the base.  I ripped off the tailored bed skirt and serged the raw edges of the base.


Plan:  Once I gather the 630 inches of fabric, I’ll attach it to the base for the Dust Ruffle.  For the Queen Quilt, I found a great tutorial on Sew4Home for a Queen Duvet.  I’m going to use the diagram to make the quilt top.  Then I’ll send it out to be quilted and bound (because if I don’t, it will never get done).

Probability:  High.  Serious Guilt Factor.


UFO #2

Project:  Four Embroidered Bath Towels and 4 Embroidered Hand Towels for my Sister-in-Law.  This project started 5 years ago when my Sister-in-Law asked me to make her some embroidered towels for her bathroom.  I finally purchased the blank towels this past Christmas.  Gave her them all gift-wrapped and then took them from her.

Problem:  My son busted my dongle (necessary key) for my embroidery software, so I had to order a new one from Husqvarna Viking (which took about 3 months to receive).

Progress:  Washed towels to shrink before embroidering.  No other progress.

Plan:  Need to design a monogram in my embroidery software, test it and then stitch it out on the towels.

Probability:  Medium.  Will become a high priority as we get closer to Christmas.


UFO #3

Project:  Silk Curtains for the Bagel Store

Problem:  This project is stalled until my BFF decides what height she wants to hang her curtain rods.

Progress:  All that I need to do is sew the headers and bottom hems.

Plan:  I’ll sew the headers while I wait for her to hang the curtain rods.  That way all I have to do is sew the hems when she’s ready.

Probability:  High.


UFO #4

Project:  Baby Ruffle Pants, Baby Shirt and coordinating Burp Cloths.

Problem:  After spending time on this project, I find out the recipient is having had a BOY!  FML.

Progress:  I finished these Baby Ruffle Pants.

Plan:  To figure out what to make for the baby boy.  Something Blue.

Probability:  Pink – Low.  Blue – High.


UFO #5

Project:  When my 9-year-old son outgrew his favorite Yankee shirt, I thought it would be perfect to make him a simple pillow out of the fabric.  That was more than a year ago.

Problem:  I could not bring myself to throw out my son’s $27 NY Yankees baseball shirt.  Only problem is I’m too lazy to just get it done.

Progress:  None.

Plan:  Cut out a square and sew it up next time I have Gray thread in my serger.

Probability:  Low.


UFO #6

Project: In order to get my sizing perfect for this Christening Dress, I made two other silk bodices.

Problem:  I simply couldn’t throw the unused bodices out in the trash…so they need to become baby dresses.

Progress:  None.

Plan:  None at the moment.

Probability:  Very low.


UFO #7

Project:  This turquoise silk was supposed to become a beautiful little girl’s dress.  I dyed the purchased entredeux and some vintage lace bright orange. 

Problem:  I was new to sewing entredeux, so it didn’t come out perfect like I had pictures.

Progress:  I recently purchased a beautiful soft orange netting to use as an underskirt for this dress.

Plan:  To daydream some more about this magnificent creation in my head.

Probability:  Someday I might finish this dress, but don’t count on it.


UFO #8

Project:  I started this silk baby jacket back in September 2007…umm, that’s 4 years ago to match the silk baby bottoms.

Problem:  I got the pattern from the Baby Couture book (and no, I don’t recommend buying this book–it’s one of the worst I’ve seen for children’s garment construction).  The collar pattern was so wonky that I trashed it.

Progress:  The base of the jacket is sewn.

Plan:  Hem the sleeves and the bottom of the jacket.  Then draft a new collar pattern and finally finish this jacket. 

Probability:  Yeah right.


UFO #9

Project:  Started these two pairs of girl’s capris probably more than 5 years ago.

Problem:  Took so long for me to get them half-done that they no longer fit my daughter.

Progress:  Solid black pair needs waistband casing, elastic and bottom hem.  Polka dot pair only needs elastic in the waist.

Plan:  Complete them for another recipient.

Probability:  Medium.


UFO #10

Project:  Started this peasant top for my Godchild when she was a size 2T.  She’s now a size 6x/7.

Problem:  The arm elastic was too tight for her.

Progress:  All I needed to do was gather the ruffle, attach it to the bottom and topstitch it. Complete!

Plan:  To give this top to another little girl.

Probability:  DONE!


UFO #11

Project:  Three pair of boys pants done with the exception of the inseam and bottom hem.

Problem:  Too many projects.  Easily distracted.

Progress:  Inseams done on two pair now.

Plan:  Finish 3rd pair of inseam and hem all 3 pants.

Probability:  Medium.


UFO #12

Project:  I started this boy’s beach shirt in May 2007.

Problem:   It’s done…only need to add 5 snaps.  Talk about lazy!

Progress:  None.

Plan:  To attach the 5 snaps.

Probability:  Low.


UFO #13

Project:  Silk Christmas dress for my Godchild.

Problem:  She didn’t like it.  That and I hate doing buttonholes.

Progress:  Need to make buttonholes and attach rhinestone buttons.

Plan:  To wait to find the right recipient before attaching buttons (to ensure perfect fit).

Probability:  Medium.

Ok…so there you have…my shameful UFOs and PhDs.  So tell me, how bad is your pile?  What keeps you from finishing yours?




Kathy of Pink Chalk Fabrics is hosting a Where I Sew sewing room tour.  Go check out all the awesome sewing rooms around the web!


Thought I’d share a quick tour of my Sewing Room prior to the expansion.

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Sewing Room Expansion


WOW!  Talk about a lot of work!  I decided to expand my 13’ x 16’ sewing studio in the unfinished basement dungeon to 13’ x 35’!!!  You know, because I didn’t have enough on my To Do List.


First, I moved my Wall of Fabric (3 black storage cabinets) that once sectioned off my office from my sewing studio.sewingroomexpansion4

Now the cabinets line the side of the sewing room dividing it from the laundry area.


Here’s the other side of the new sewing studio.  I still have to move my massive desk, internet cables, etc.  Then I can set up all my industrial sewing machines along the 35’ wall.


Here’s the other side of the basement which will soon become my new office.  But before I can set my desk up, I have to figure out how in the world I’m going to move those huge industrial cutting tables into the sewing studio.

I also have to cover up the unfinished walls.  Luckily I still have some pink pleather fabric like I used on the existing sewing studio walls.  I even found some gray pleather fabric for the office area.

This is turning out to be more work than I had thought.  But I WILL get it done.  Come on over if you’re not doing anything.  I’ll even pay you in fabric!


Diva’s Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation


Every year for the last 17 years, I look at my fugly oak kitchen cabinets (pictured above) and fantasize about calling the cabinet guy to have a new fancy smancy kitchen installed.  And every year, I get sidetracked (as does my budget).

To redo a kitchen here in NYC, I was looking at $35,000 to $45,000…that’s not chump change!  So after searching the web for instructions on how to redo my kitchen cabinets, I came across Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformations.  I played around with their Virtual Tool to see what would look best in my kitchen.  The kit claims there is NO STRIPPING, NO SANDING, and NO PRIMING!  Sounded too good to be true.


I tried to do my research about this product earlier this year, but all I could find were reviews from bloggers who were given a trip to New Orleans by Rustoleum to try out both the Cabinet and Countertop Transformation kits.  Here are their reviews:

Apartment Therapy

Retro Renovation


It’s a four step process.  First you “degloss” your cabinets.  Then you paint two coats of the primer/base color.  After that you can glaze it (basically brush it on and then wipe it off) to give it a more detailed look.  Finally, you paint on a sealer.  But the best thing about it is it’s a WATER-BASED product!  No fumes, easy clean-up!  So if I totally screwed it up, at least I would be able to clean it up easily.


I headed over to my local Home Depot where the staff knew absolutely nothing about this product.  Great.  So I through caution to the wind and picked up two Light colored kits.  I probably could get away with just one kit, but was not taking any chances of not having enough for finish my kitchen.  A small kit will cost you $80.  They have a large kit, but it wasn’t available at the store.  Had my kits mixed for the Pure White base color (the first color on the chart below).


There are two types of Cabinet Transformation Kits.  You choose either Light or Dark depending on what color you’d like.  Then the nice paint guy at the store mixes your base color.


It’s times like this I wish Mr. Diva was handy.  But no such luck.  However, he has no problem with me hiring help.  So, I paid my housekeeper an extra $20 to scrub the cabinets down first with the Deglosser. You wouldn’t want me ruining my manicure, right?


I then gave my daughter’s boyfriend $40 to remove the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers, tape the walls, and empty most of the contents.

Of course, the Knucklehead broke one of the 20-year-old discontinued European hinges.  But not to worry…I found USA Cabinet Hardware on the web!  I just sent them photos of the hinge and hope they find me a replacement.  Fingers crossed.


Then I gave Marielle’s boyfriend another $40 to put the first coat of Base paint on.  And I soon realized he was no painter.  So I took over.


When painting the cabinet doors, get yourself a few 2” x 4”s.  Put a few nails in them to rest the doors on.  I placed the 2” x 4”s on a large table spacing them to accommodate the doors.  This raises them off the table so you can paint the sides easily.


Be prepared to live in chaos for a while.  But the good thing is you have an excuse not to cook.  Be sure to have lots of food delivery menus on hand…LOL!


2 coats of Base paint/primer?  Nope…I know paint and it definitely was not enough coverage.  Glad I bought that extra kit (even though the online calculator said I wouldn’t need it).


My cabinet frames needed 3 coats and my cabinet doors needed 4 coats of base paint.


Next up was the Glazing process.  This was the easiest for me.  But then again, I’ve glazed so many surfaces over the years that is was second nature to me.


My suggestion is to work in small sections at a time and use as little glaze as possible.  You can always add more glaze if you want it darker.  When Glazing, you need to work quickly as the longer you keep it on, the harder it is to wipe off.


After the Glaze has dried a day or two, you can paint on the Sealer.  I used two coats of Sealer to ensure I got good coverage.



My cabinet knobs and drawer pulls were as ancient as my cabinets.  They were an antique gold cover and worn from use over the last 17 years.  However, I still liked the style of them.  After pricing replacement hardware, it seemed silly not to just paint them!


I love the rusted iron look, so I went with my tried and true method:  Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer and Satin Chestnut Brown (#7774).


First, I got a big piece of Styrofoam, covered it with plastic sheeting and stuck the hardware in it (using the screws on the back of the hardware).  I then spray painted them with the Rusty Metal Primer.


Once that dried, I lightly sprayed a little of the Brown Chestnut Satin.  Finally, I sealed them with some clear gloss sealer spray paint.  And there you have it—new kitchen cabinet hardware for under $10!  Genius.

Lastly, I ripped off the old mint green vinyl wall base (aka kick plate, cove base) that no longer matched my decor.  I bought new Chocolate Brown Vinyl Wall Base for a mere $1.67 a piece.  I only needed 6 to redo the base of my cabinets.  To do the job properly, I also purchased the appropriate adhesive and spreader tool.  Total cost for new vinyl wall base…$21.00!  This should be pretty easy.  All you need is a utility knife and a blow dryer (to heat the vinyl so it easily bends).  Still haven’t gotten to this job, but hopefully before the big BBQ.

Even though I need to go pick out the brown granite for my new countertops and some Travertine marble tiles for the backsplash, I thought I’d show you the progress to date…



I absolutely love it!!! (Don’t mind the cabinet door on the bottom left…need to have someone figure out how to attach the tricky replacement hinge.)


Yes, it’s a lot of work for someone lazy like me.  But the results are well worth it.


Mr. Diva loves it—he thinks I’m amazing.  He certainly had his doubts throughout the process…often making snide remarks on how I was destroying “his” kitchen cabinets.


Even my professional painter friends were impressed with my results.


But I think the best compliment came from the kitchen remodeling guy who came to measure for the new countertops and backsplash.  He asked me where I purchased my “custom” kitchen cabinets…adding that they probably cost me some big bucks.


When I told him about the Cabinet Transformations product, he was amazed!  He said that in order to get this type of custom finish, he has to send out the factory “custom” cabinets and his customers can easily spend upwards of $40,000 for a full kitchen.


And then he asked me if I wanted a job doing this for him.  Um, NO.  LOL!


Vintage Lace Lust


When asked, “What would be the one thing you would grab if your house was burning down?”…most people would automatically say, “photographs.”  Not me.  Oh no.  I’ve made it clear to my family they are to take my two drawers of vintage lace and tatting.  Seriously.  (Not to worry, all important photographs are archived off-premises.)

Since I started sewing almost 10 years ago, I’ve amassed a nice “collection” of some of the yummiest lace—needlerun, Alencon, Bucks Point, Valenciennes, Point de Paris, etc. and vintage tatting.  I only use these on special occasions—when making a Christening Dress or something over the top.


But yesterday, I found Marielle checking out my lace stash as I was reorganizing my sewing studio.  She begged me to make her a lace headband to wear out at night.  So, being the wonderful mother I am, I whipped up a quick headband for her.


Simply measure a piece of lace to go around the head minus 5 or so inches.  Fold each end of the lace into a “V” (aka point).  Stitch to secure.  Then all you have to do is add some elastic to it.  Pretty simple, huh?


I’m in the middle of expanding my sewing studio.  I’ve been at it for almost a week now and probably have another 2 weeks or so until it’s useable.  I’ve managed to fold and put away all my fabric and trims.  That alone took 4 days! 

If I ever think about buying more flannel fabric at Joann’s Black Friday 99 cents sale, please smack me upside the head. I just realized I have more than 200 yards.


Yesterday, I moved my big filing cabinets.  Today I’ll be moving my black metal fabric storage cabinets to another area.  Thank goodness for those nifty furniture sliders.

Moving stuff around is not really the problem.  It’s trying to figure out how to supply electric and internet connections to my office area on the other side of the basement where there is none.  Wish me luck…I need it!


Fabric Hall of Shame™


Now you have all drooled over my beautiful organized fabric cabinets, right?


And my tidy sewing room?  Well, this doesn’t tell the whole story…not even close.

See, this part of my sewing room is a mere 1/4 of the space in my dungeon that holds all my fabric, trims, sewing machines and other notions.  The rest of the space is like my dirty little secret and it makes me feel like a fraud.  Seriously.

So I decided I’m just going to come clean.  And I know I’m not alone, because I watched two Hoarders episodes, both of which “collected” massive amounts of fabric and other crafting supplies. fabricdisaster1

Here’s my Fabric Hall of Shame™ which includes fabric, trims and notions that have yet to be organized.  Some of them are sitting there for more than 2 years now.  And of course, there’s even more fabric in all those boxes.

Seems I make way too many purchases, stack them on the pile and leave them there for “another day.”  And when I do use fabric, I don’t refold the remaining fabric from a project.  I just throw it on the pile.  LAZY.


Around the other side are the 16 feet of industrial cutting tables I bought more than 3 years ago—-laying unassembled up against the wall.  Next to that is the 30 yards of batting that I just had to have during one of Joann Fabric’s blowout sales 5 years ago.  Oh, did I mention, I’ve only used 2 yards of that batting since I purchased it?


To the side of that are several mannequins (4), dress forms(5), empty storage bins (20) and shelving (10).


And tucked in the corner are 4 industrial sewing machines which I HAVE NEVER even turned on!!!!  They’ve been sitting there for almost 4 years now.

I know I’m going to Sewing Hell™.  I know they say, “Whoever dies with the most fabric wins!”  But it’s not working for me.  I simply have more stuff than I will use in two lifetimes and I’m not using the stuff that would create my ultimate sewing room.

My entire basement dungeon is approximately 25” x 35”.  There is a small laundry area and office.  The rest is all sewing and craft stuff.  So, it’s not like I don’t have the room.  I just need to get it all organized.

I’ve spent the last two days trying to make a dent in the Fabric Hall of Shame™.  I’m making some progress and hope I don’t give up before it’s organized.  Ok…now show me yours!


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